To understand the soul of Bangkok and Thailand is to understand the historical significance of waterways.
A network of canals has always been vital for agriculture, trade and transport. The magical Chao Phraya, the river of kings serving the main artery of the whole intricate of waterways. They give life, they are the most important symbol of the Thai people to this day.
Coronations go through the process of royal boats. This ritual has been observed for centuries in order to honor the Thai king and the river as a holy source of life. Painted and richly decorated with gold, 52 barges sail along the river from beginning to end. Golden scales, barons, like wings, mythical birds ascending from the river. It was one of the most popular shows in the world, and this day has been the most successful since 2006, when the reigning king reached the 60th anniversary of the throne. Continue reading